Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12) announced today that $200,000 in federal funding will be used to remediate a former industrial site in the Borough of Derry, Westmoreland County. The grant is being provided by the U.S. Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
Through the efforts of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland, Westmoreland County and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, this 19.3 acre site will be prepared for redevelopment and reinvestment by removing hazardous materials from the site, demolishing existing buildings and making site improvements.
"The Porcelain Park project will take a blighted brownfield and restore and redevelop the property for future light industrial use," said Congressman Critz. "This will not only remove a community eyesore, but create jobs and economic development in the heart of Derry Borough. I'd like to thank the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland and the Westmoreland County Commissioners for steering this project forward."
In addition to the $200,000 in ARC funds, other federal sources include $305,108 in CDBG funds and $315,460 in state sources, bringing the total funding for this project to $820,568.
The Appalachian Regional Commission was established by Congress in 1965 to serve as a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. ARC works with communities throughout Appalachia to create opportunities for economic development and improved quality of life.